Courtesy Lynn Johnson

An elephant in Cambodia getting measured for a prosthetic leg.

Speaker to bring land mine issue closer to home

For most people, the dangers of leftover land mines are half world away, but in March a nationally known speaker will bring the issue closer to home at Laramie County Community College and share his experiences helping remove land mines.

On March 6, at 6 p.m. in the Arp Building, Room 128, Mark Jenkins, author of the National Geographic article "Cambodia Heals from Land Mines," will give a public presentation called "The Healing Fields." The presentation will be about his experience in Cambodia and writing his article.

Organizations search for unused land mines

Cambodia was once a victim of land mines after wars of the 20th century. Many organizations have begun to help discover and unearth unused land mines, and the country is not as threatened now as it used to be.

In Cambodia, Jenkins crossed mine fields looking for and writing about land mines left over from wars fought in Southeast Asia. Jenkins has written four books and is a field staff writer for National Geographic and a writer-in-residence at the University of Wyoming.

Jenkins has been published in more than 50 national and international magazines and newspapers. His writings are about geopolitical issues such as land mines and sexually transmitted diseases.

Speaking about his experience is not something new to Jenkins. He has appeared on "Good Morning America," CNN, PBS, BBC, National Public Radio and has spoken on many radio stations.

He also won the 2009 National Magazine Award for his story "Who Murdered the Mountain Gorilla?" which was published in National Geographic.

His main focus is to educate and inform his listeners about his day-to-day life of searching for mines.

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National Geographic story about Cambodia's Healing fields by Mark Jenkins


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